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OpenGL 4 Shading Language Cookbook - Second Edition

By : David Wolff
Book Image

OpenGL 4 Shading Language Cookbook - Second Edition

By: David Wolff

Overview of this book

OpenGL Shading Language (GLSL) is a programming language used for customizing parts of the OpenGL graphics pipeline that were formerly fixed-function, and are executed directly on the GPU. It provides programmers with unprecedented flexibility for implementing effects and optimizations utilizing the power of modern GPUs. With Version 4, the language has been further refined to provide programmers with greater power and flexibility, with new stages such as tessellation and compute. OpenGL 4 Shading Language Cookbook provides easy-to-follow examples that first walk you through the theory and background behind each technique, and then go on to provide and explain the GLSL and OpenGL code needed to implement it. Beginner level through to advanced techniques are presented including topics such as texturing, screen-space techniques, lighting, shading, tessellation shaders, geometry shaders, compute shaders, and shadows. OpenGL Shading Language 4 Cookbook is a practical guide that takes you from the fundamentals of programming with modern GLSL and OpenGL, through to advanced techniques. The recipes build upon each other and take you quickly from novice to advanced level code. You'll see essential lighting and shading techniques; examples that demonstrate how to make use of textures for a wide variety of effects and as part of other techniques; examples of screen-space techniques including HDR rendering, bloom, and blur; shadowing techniques; tessellation, geometry, and compute shaders; how to use noise effectively; and animation with particle systems. OpenGL Shading Language 4 Cookbook provides examples of modern shading techniques that can be used as a starting point for programmers to expand upon to produce modern, interactive, 3D computer graphics applications.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
OpenGL 4 Shading Language Cookbook Second Edition
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Implementing order-independent transparency

Transparency can be a difficult effect to do accurately in pipeline architectures like OpenGL. The general technique is to draw opaque objects first, with the depth buffer enabled, then to make the depth buffer read-only (using glDepthMask), disable the depth test, and draw the transparent geometry. However, care must be taken to ensure that the transparent geometry is drawn from "back to front". That is, objects farther from the viewer should be drawn before the objects that are closer. This requires some sort of depth-sorting to take place prior to rendering.

The following images show an example of a block of small, semi-transparent spheres with some semi-transparent cubes placed evenly within them. On the right-hand side, the objects are rendered in an arbitrary order, using standard OpenGL blending. The result looks incorrect because objects are blended in an improper order. The cubes, which were drawn last, appear to be on top of the spheres...